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Cleaners From Venus doc The Jangling Man announces UK & US premiere details, shares new trailer

World premiere is set for Sept. 29 at Picturehouse Cinemas in Hackney, UK and the US premiere is Oct. 8 in LA at Brain Dead Studios

Watch the new trailer here

Today, Captured Tracks, Sharp Film and Larson Media are pleased to announce the UK and US premieres for the new documentary, The Jangling Man, the untold story of Cleaners From Venus’ Martin Newell. The world premiere is set for Sept. 29 at Picturehouse Cinemas Hackney in London, UK [get tickets here] and the US premiere is Oct. 8 in LA at Brain Dead Studios [get tickets here]. A NYC screening event will also be announced soon. The UK premiere will be followed by a brief, rare live performance from Newell, and a Q&A with Newell and director James Sharp. Also unveiled today is the official poster for the film (see above) and a new official trailer (watch it here).

Martin Newell on The Jangling Man:

“A film? About me? I’ve often wondered why that camera crew kept popping up everywhere. How marvelous! Can’t wait to see it.”

The Jangling Man is the story of UK-based artist, poet, and Cleaners from Venus frontman Martin Newell. Regarded by many as an influential figure in the history of cassette culture and DIY recording, Newell has been an integral part of the British music scene since the 1970s, and his music career spans over six decades. He’s been produced by XTC’s Andy Partridge, and written for the likes of Captain Sensible of The Damned. In 2012 Captured Tracks began an extensive reissue campaign, covering most of the Cleaners From Venus and Martin Newell catalog. Though it would be wrong to call him an “unknown,” he has never been directly in the limelight. This film brings to light the amazing career and life work of the artist, who, on top of being the most published contemporary British poet as well as an established gardener, continues to record and release music today.

Full List of musicians & notable figures interviewed:

Tim Burgess (Musician:Charlatans)
Michael Cumming (Film Director)
Steve Lamacq (Radio DJ)
John Cooper Clarke (Poet)
R. Stevie Moore (Musician)
Dave Gregory (Musician:XTC)
Ian Peppercorn (Musician:GYPP)
Lee Cave-Berry (Musician)
Tony Phillips (Engineer/Musician:Stray Trolleys/GYPP)
Nelson aka Pete Nice (Musician:Cleaners/Brotherhood of Lizards/All of Martin’s ventures)
Tivv aka Paul Tivy (Musician:Martin’s band)
Ichiro Tatsuhara (Musician:Cleaners)
Luke Wright (Poet)
James Hunter (Musician)
Kimberley Rew (Musician:Soft Boys/Katrina and the Waves)
Lorraine Bowen (Comedian/Musician:Billy Bragg/Dinnerladies)
James Dodds (Artist)
Iain McNay (Cherry Red Records)
Mike Sniper (Captured Tracks)
Jackson Macintosh (Musician)
Jack Tatum (Musician, Wild Nothing)
Zachery Cole-Smith (Musician, DIIV)
Mac DeMarco (Musician)
Nic Hessler/Jess Espeleta (Musicians)
Tom Wells (Musician)
MAX Kinghorn-Mills (Musician)

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